La Quinta

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“La Quinta” – the proper name of the California Dream House #1.

 

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The California Dream House #1 sparked some reader interest.  One commenter hinted this house was owned by a celebrity.  Another said Diandra Douglas owned it.   One eagle eyed reader from Houston emailed me also saying this was Diandra Douglas’ house – the one she lived in before and after her marriage to actor Michael Douglas.  “Oh no, it’s not” I quickly emailed her back.  “I’ve seen those pictures – it DOES look similar but it’s not hers.”  Talk about being a big-mouthed know-it-all (which is exactly why I started a blog, I suppose.)    But it nagged at me.   Was it really hers?   Earlier this year, author and blogger Diane Dorrans Saeks came out with her latest book “Santa Barbara Living” – which featured La Quinta.    I hadn’t looked at the book in months - perhaps I needed to?    In my defense I will say this – the previous pictures I had seen of La Quinta featured rooms that looked different and much smaller, too.  But comparing the photos from the Saeks book and a newly found real estate brochure – I must admit, I was wrong.   My dream house and La Quinta are, of course, one and the same.

 

 

imageFeatured a decade ago in the French Architectural Digest – Diandra and Michael Douglas during happier times at La  Quinta.

 

 

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The massive double doors that lead into the Montecito house.    Though I wrote these doors were probably original to the house – they aren’t.     Diandra replaced those with these antique Castilian carriage doors.   

 

 

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I originally wrote:

The main living room was a surprise.   It actually looks like it was decorated by someone young for someone young.    Most houses in this price range are furnished rather theme-like and matronly, either heavily Tuscan-inspired with lots of chenille or sappy French with frothy silks and brocades.   This house looks like it was designed by someone who might occasionally look at a trendy magazine or two.   And it looks extremely livable, warm and inviting.   Though very large – I can imagine watching TV in here after dinner with Mr. Slipper Socks Man.  This room is not dressy, it is relaxed and comfortable – perfect for a young family with lots of children.  Do you have any idea what a house like this might cost?

Knowing now that the house belongs to Douglas, a woman of impeccable taste, I laugh at my words “decorated by someone young for someone young.”   Well,  Douglas is close to my age, but she has no young children – only a grown son.    Also, the house and this room in particular was decorated differently at first.   The decor was somewhat dressier with silk covered sofas – until Douglas decided to bring in the white slipcovers and take it all down a notch.   Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Interior Designers,  the noted  antiquarian Craig Wright, helped Diandra with the decorating – but he only helped.   The vision was Diandra’s.   La Quinta was the first house that Diandra and Michael saw in Montecito and the put in their bid for it immediately.  They spent two years refurbishing it all – only the living room and dining room remained structurally the same.     Wright, owner of Quatrain, recently sold his possessions at a Sotheby’s auction and a large portion of the sale included pieces owned by Diandra.  Perhaps they were from other decorating schemes at La Quinta?  

 

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This photograph comes from Saeks book.  The sofa, on the right wall, sits underneath a gorgeous 18th century tapestry.   Though I had this image saved in my files,  I didn’t realize this was the same house -  I had always thought the rooms pictured in Santa Barbara Living were much smaller.  This table is seen in the photograph from the real estate brochure.  Notice how wonderful the pillows pick up the colors in the tapestry – Diandra does have fabulous taste and style.   I love the accessorizing on the tabletop.      And this also shows how much more beautiful professionally shot photographs are!    These photos seen in Santa Barbara Living were taken by Lisa Romerein. 

 

 

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Another picture from Saeks book of the same living room.   Do  you see why I thought the room was smaller?   Notice that the window is not black.  Also notice the seagrass in the book’s photographs are the typical weave.  Today, this rug has been replaced with a diamond patterned seagrass with a dark, wide border.   The ottoman is also different here – it looks like it has been replaced today with Oly Studio’s zebra ottoman.   Gorgeous andirons – just gorgeous!

 

 

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The Houston reader who first alerted me to the origins of this house once lived in France and had saved the story of “La Quinta” from the French Architectural Digest.   Quite organized, the Houston reader neatly places her clippings in plastic sleeves that go into a large binder, hence the page holes in these pictures.   This story was published about a decade ago – and notice what a huge difference the decorating is here compared to today.   This is the living room – notice the windows are painted white here.  The floor is covered with several small striped dhurries and much blue and white porcelain is placed about.  The mantel is missing, today there is a large antique limestone mantel here.  The furniture is also totally different.  No pieces here are seen today.    On the left is the 18th century tapestry that is still used in the living room.  In the mirror you can just barely see a large oriental screen along the right wall.    Diandra says that when she first moved in, the decor was very dressy with lots of silks and she has since made the house more casual.  This room might not be the original decor – it doesn’t seem too dressy, but it may be.   I must say I love the decor here and as it is today.  Do you have a preference?  I actually like them both!

 

 

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In the dining room – I didn’t care for the chair fabric or the chandelier.  But of course, it’s another story when I see the professional pictures!           

 

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In this beautiful photograph from Saeks book, the chairs wear white slips, which I prefer, and the red tole chandelier from Quatrain is simply stunning.  The red chandelier ties in with the red curtains – and makes more sense.  You can just make out a damask like pattern in the fabric.   In this photograph, you can also make out the relief seen above the fireplace.   An oriental rug is underfoot as opposed to the seagrass.   Again, this tight shot of the room makes it seem much smaller than it truly is.  This room looks nothing like the real estate photo, another reason I missed the fact that this was La Quinta.  

 

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And, a decade before – a dhurrie rug covers the table, while gilt Venetian chairs surround it.  The chairs, here with a peach silk fabric, are the same ones, now wearing a raisin colored silk velvet fabric, that are seen in the living room and in the gallery adjoining this room.   There is no rug underneath and the beautiful floor is prominent here.    A long gone santos takes the place of the relief.   Of the three versions of this room – which do you prefer?   I think I like this and the white slipcovered chair versions best!

     

 

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The gallery off the dining room.  Here you can see the chairs that once sat around the dining room table.  

                     

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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 The only photograph of the kitchen comes from the real estate brochure.  The butlers pantry with its original wooden countertops is through the door along with the back staircase.  This all leads to a guest apartment – with its own kitchen – that adjoins the two staff bedrooms – making a total of seven bedrooms in the house. 

 

 

 

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The library – as it looks today.   The beautiful mirror above the fireplace shows up in another room in the Architectural Digest pictures. 

 

 

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The library – a decade ago!   Here you can see the beautiful tiled floor.  I’m not sure if this is the original floor or if this is what Diandra replaced – either way, its fabulous.  The desk is still in use in today’s library, but the tapestry chairs are long gone, as is the ornate stool.  The scalloped awning is no longer in use, nor are the curtains – notice the puddle, so 90s!!!!!    And finally – the window has been replaced with French doors that open.  Here is appears it was a plate glass.    Not sure which version I prefer, maybe a bit of both.

 

 

 

imageThe master bedroom as it is today.  Light and bright with pretty blinds.  There is a large entry hall to the master suite, along with a sitting room and two bathrooms – his and hers. 

 

 

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A decade earlier, the master bedroom is visually linked to the decor of the rest of the house with its browns, golds, and persimmons.  The beautiful Spanish baroque mirror – now in the library - looks so wonderful here – above a great antique gateleg table that is no longer around.  Notice the legs on the gateleg.   The bed is a marquetry Dutch colonial and the cane chaise longue is 19th century English.    Wow – I love this older version of the master bedroom!   The bed looks so fabulous!

 

 

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The guest room - off the large balcony– as it is today. 

 

 

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The beautiful picture of the guest room from the Diane Dorrans Saeks book.  Here you can see this room adjoins another guest room, an interesting arrangement.

 

 

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The guest bathroom – all the Portuguese tile is original to the house. 

 

 

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And again from the Saeks book.  Even the lamp and bottom painting had to be changed.   Nothing seems to stay the same for long around La Quinta.  But, in the real estate picture of the bathroom above – you can see that they moved the painting from above the chest to be reflected in the mirror – this is called photostyling.   Which picture of the bathroom do you think is better stylistically – this one or the other?   

 

 

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The beautiful loggia.

 

 

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The view of the pool and ocean from the loggia. 

 

 

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The pool and the ivy covered guesthouse.   Behind the guesthouse is the tennis court. 

 

 

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A decade ago – the guest house was furnished with a large painting of the Dutch Indies and a collection of Mexican furniture.   I wonder what it looks like today?

 

 

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The steps leading from the swimming pool up to the house.   You can see the loggia and the balcony above it. 

 

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The guest house is on the left of the swimming pool and the pergola is to the right.  Diandra didn’t want the facade and grounds to be a caricature, rather she wanted the house to actually seem as if it was in Spain – a country she grew up in.   Doesn’t the ocean look really close by?  

 

 

 The courtyard.   At the front side of the house is the courtyard.   The house wraps around the courtyard on the side opposite the ocean view.

 

 

 

And towards the front of the property is a hidden Japanese garden and teahouse. 

 

 

The Property:

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 Doesn’t the property look close to the ocean?  Actually it’s high up in hills which gives that illusion.  Here is the location on the satellite – where the orange marker is.   I was amazed how far away the ocean truly is,  yet the view is still fabulous.  Others who live somewhat close by are  Oprah Winfrey, John Saladino, and Kathryn’s Ireland’s former ranch – all are in this general area.     

 

 

 

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And here is the Bing Map of the property.    The main house is on the left.   You can see where the interior courtyard is on the back side.  The larger building on the right is the garage and staff bedrooms.   You can see the orchard is right in the front of the garage building.   The pool house is visible and  the tennis court is to its right.   At the bottom right you can see the Japanese tea house.   The property is seven acres.

 

 

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Diandra Douglas is an excellent equestrian who also breeds horses – which she keeps at a nearby stable.  Her primary residence is in New York City.   

 

To see the real estate brochure, go HERE.   The above picture comes from Santa Barbara Living by Dianne  Dorrans Saeks, available HERE.   To read Style Saloniste, Saeks’ blog, go HERE.  Saeks just returned home from an extended visit to India and she is writing about her journey, truly fascinating reading. 

Judith Miller – Antiques Expert on the Skirted Roundtable

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Judith Miller is incredible – she has written over 100 books.  Yes, 100!  I buy her books on design and keep them for reference, they are filled with everything you need to know about any given subject.  Her latest, Chairs, is truly remarkable.  She went around the world to photograph the most important and iconic chairs known to mankind.   No small feat.

 

 

 

 

Sounds lofty?  Well, it is.  How she accomplishes what she does – I’ll never understand in this lifetime.   I’m the ying to her yang.  I don’t think she would have me for a friend – my laziness and general lack of ambition would bore and frustrate her to death!   And on top of it – she’s brilliant AND nice!  The pictures in Chairs are beautiful – and if you have a thing about where you sit down, you need to get it HERE

 

 

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And, Miller didn’t just write one book this year, she wrote two (of course!)    The other one is Miller’s 20th Century Design –the encyclopedia of everything modern from our times, available HERE.   And trust me, these books aren’t small, or light, or brief.  They are masterpieces.

 

We were lucky to get Miller to sit down for a moment and talk to us about antiques, her books, chairs, you name it – she’s an expert on it.   So, grab a cup of hot chocolate, a throw, and go sit on your favorite chair by a hot roaring fire to listen to Judith Miller on The Skirted Roundtable, HERE.  You’ll learn something new and worthy, I promise you!

California Dreaming of the Lotto

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It gets really boring searching Houston Real  Estate listings.  I mean – Houston, come on people!  We must have the ugliest houses in the world.  Seriously.   I can search for hours and find only two or three really cute houses to “ooh and aah” at, which then forces me to go search other cities and states.  California has great real estate surfing.  You could finds hundreds of worthy houses up and down the state; houses that you would move into tomorrow - fully furnished.  If you had the money that is.   Real estate in California is so insanely expensive I don’t know how anyone besides Madonna and Oprah can afford to live there. 

I was once told by a psychiatrist that a good way to beat the blues is to imagine you just won the lottery.  OK – let’s beat the blues!      Below are a few houses for sale in California that look good -  inside and out.    I chose them at all different price ranges.     The only criterion for picking the houses was I pulled from the section of Los Angeles to Santa Barbara – and the house had to be furnished in a way that one could move into it tomorrow - without having to change much.  Play along and pick your favorite or you might not like any of them!

 

 House #1

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From the front side, the first house doesn’t look worth the huge price list.  But just wait.  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Montecito valley, the view is gorgeous.    The estate was built in the 1920s and is on seven acres;  recently remodeled it has seven bedrooms.  The brochure calls this estate “manageable” whatever that means.  I suppose if you have a staff of only 2 – it is manageable.  

 

 

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Here’s the view of the Montecito Valley and the Pacific Ocean from the back side of the house. 

 

 

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Looking up at the house from the pool.  A charming vine covered pergola is on the left.  On the right is a another pergola placed for symmetry. 

 

 

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There is an adorable ivy covered “guest” house.    I’d move my blogging headquarters there immediately. 

 

 

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A closer view of the back of the house with the arched covered terrace.      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

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The main living room was a surprise.   It actually looks like it was decorated by someone young for someone young.    Most houses in this price range are furnished rather theme-like and matronly, either heavily Tuscan-inspired with lots of chenille or sappy French with frothy silks and brocades.   This house looks like it was designed by someone who might occasionally look at a trendy magazine or two.   And it looks extremely livable, warm and inviting.   Though very large – I can imagine watching TV in here after dinner with Mr. Slipper Socks Man.  This room is not dressy, it is relaxed and comfortable – perfect for a young family with lots of children.  Do you have any idea what a house like this might cost?

 

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The arched balcony off the living room with wicker and stone furniture instead of fancy iron furniture purchased in a set.  I love the portieres that soften the arches.   Did you come up with a price yet?

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imageThe dining room.  The nice thing about houses of this caliber is all the fireplaces.  I love dining rooms with a fireplace – they are so romantic.   I don’t really care for this decor – the curtain and chair fabric, the chandelier, the demilunes – but I do love the table, the room just needs a little fine tuning, IMHO.   Out the door is the gallery pictured below:

 

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The gallery with groined ceiling, stucco walls and French doors.    These chairs look like they were borrowed from the living room for this photoshoot. 

 

 

 

imageThe kitchen is charming with its bank of windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean.   Totally remodeled, I like the built in banquette in the breakfast area.  

 

 

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The study – what a great space with the built in wood shelves and French doors leading to the outside arched covered patio.    I don’t care for the sofa’s fabric at all and would have preferred a white slipped one, but my favorite thing in the room?  The andirons!   They are so beautiful!  The mirror is pretty great too.

 

 

 

 

imageUpstairs, the master bedroom has a view of the ocean through the wonderful steel casement windows.    Windows are so important to a house, it’s a shame everyone can’t afford beauties like these!  I would love to get rid of my windows and replace them with steel ones.  But, that will never happen!  Notice how the doors are all stained a dark brown throughout the house.   Again, there is another wonderful fireplace in the room.  

 

 

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A guest room off the fabulous upper floor balcony.   How charming!   I wonder where the window above the night stand leads to?  The bathroom?   

 

 

 

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Guest bedroom – bathroom:   Beautiful blue and white tiles with ikat shower curtain.  I like the way the bathroom was sensitively updated instead of just turning it into a white marble room with frameless glass and polished nickel faucets.

 

 

 

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Can you imagine eating breakfast out here every morning?   Must be magical!

 

 

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image On the property is a Japanese Tea House and garden.   Wouldn’t this be a great place to have a wedding or a party?   OK, ready?  $29,000,000.  Yes.  You read that right!

 

 

House #2

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This house is listed at $22,000,000 less than the first house!  Amazing.   But of course, it doesn’t have the view or the acreage or the age or the quality.   But, at close to $7 million it is not cheap either.   I love the French inspired exterior with its gravel driveway.   The surprise is a front loading garage on a house of this caliber.   Amazing – you would think the garage would be placed somewhere else in a house with this price tag!    But – there are other upgrades – tiled roof, stucco and charming shutters.  The house is in Montecito with five bedrooms and baths.    No information on square footage or what year it was built, but it looks relatively new. 

 

 

 

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The backyard with its beautiful pool and poolhouse.   I could be very happy here – if I could only afford it!   In Houston, a house like this might be around $1.5 or 2 million – not $7 million unless it was on some extra special lot which would might make it around $1million more perhaps, still far cheaper than this house in  California. 

 

 

 

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Cute dogs!    I love the pool pavilion with the portieres and a fireplace.   The property certainly looks very secluded and large which probably accounts for the expensive price of the house. 

 

 

 

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The floors are typical of many Californian houses – dark, dark hardwoods.  Seagrass covers the stair steps with the understated iron railings.  In so many of the houses I saw in the Californian real estate sites, the iron work is so extreme – very ostentatious.   The more scrolled and busy the ironwork, the more Californians seem to like it.    These simple rails show here are an exception to the rule. 

 

 

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The family room overlooks the back yard.   Nicely furnished with simple linen curtains and white linen slipcovers.   I love the painting of the St. Bernard.   Seagrass and white slips – my favorite!

 

 

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My favorite room in the house is the dining room.  After seeing the Portrait House and now this, I am loving rattan and wicker chairs in the dining room.  This room seems so Belgium inspired!  Love the cabinet with the brass chicken wire and what a charming view out the window of the gravel drive.   Dutch door to the kitchen adds more charm.   If you like this look – it would be very reasonable to emulate it for a bargain price.   Chairs like this are cheaper than traditional dining chairs.

 

 

image The living room/library.  More seagrass, more white linen.  The walls in this room are painted darker for contrast.  I love these kinds of doors – with the glass only on the top.    A nice change from the usual French doors with panes top to bottom. 

 

 

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The kitchen is really charming with wooden ceiling, white marble,  and open shelving.   Instead of an island there is a great concrete table and the same dining room chairs.   Hmmmm.    ?????   More French doors lead out to the back yard. 

 

 image The master bedroom over looks the pool with an iron balcony.  Simple linen curtains that are found throughout look very much like the ones from Restoration Hardware.   Do you use curtains from RH in a house that cost 7 million?    Actually, I think that is why I am attracted to this house – it’s so casual and totally unpretentious!

 

 

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A pretty guest bedroom with wallpaper and matching curtains.   I love the fabric!

 

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 LOVE THIS!!!!!   I don’t recognize this paper – does anyone?   I love the bed, the desk, the rug – just everything.  What a great bedroom for a young girl.

 

 

HOUSE #3

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This house is located in Los Angeles, with a view of the ocean and the city.   Recently added to and renovated throughout, the house has a different kind of decor than the others – it is English inspired.  I chose it to address critics who say I only like white slips and seagrass!   Its lot is extremely large which probably accounts for the price tag of $5 million.   Again, a highly, highly inflated price due to the view.

 

 

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Looking back at the front gate.  The trees form a canopy with lanterns and lights hanging.  I love the urns too!

 

 

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So charming, so East Coast!  The front porch is a focal point, and obviously is a later addition.

 

 

 

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Dramatic night lighting.

 

 

 

 

image The living room looks like it is in England, not California.  Slipcovers made of faded English linens.  Oil paintings line the walls and add to the purposefully cluttered feel of the house.  The furniture throughout is of a much higher quality than the other two houses.  All the pieces appear to be pricey antiques from England, of course!

 

 

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The other side of the living room.  Notice the seagrass – correctly custom cut.   The pool area is seen outside the French doors.  This house is so warm and cozy, it makes you want to grab a book and a throw and cuddle up in front of a roaring fire.

 

 

imageThis looks like another part of the living room – it must be a large room or this might be a music room!  Love this!

 

 

imageThe dining room is totally traditional with a marble fireplace and table with a mix of chair styles.  Love the bookcases – books + dining rooms + fireplaces = wonderful! 

 

 

imageThis kind of paneling always reminds me of Rose Tarlow – she loves it and uses it a lot.   This is another beautiful room with a canopy bed and patterned fabrics mixed with white slipcovers.   Two toned patterned carpets are my top choice in bedrooms – after seagrass.   Patterned carpets are a great alternative to plain weaves and the two tones are preferable to tone on tone, IMHO. 

 

 

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Another view of the beautiful master bedroom – notice the wonderful antique chair with five legs.   This house reminds me of Michael Smith’s L.A. house – does it you?   Just beautiful!!

 

 

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The bathroom was updated but it still matches the feel of the house.   Again, it’s not an all white marble room – this one fits in with the decor much better. 

 

 

 imageThe guest room, with its four poster bed and pin striped fabrics.   Notice the closet doors with glass and curtains.   What a wonderful way to turn an average closet door into something special.   

 

 

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The kitchen, also updated, is great.  I love the silver collection in the bay window.  This room looks like an authentically old kitchen you might find in a English mansion – the kind where the servants are the only ones that enter it!! 

 

 

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The media room – more stripes, patterned carpets and black walls.   The bar area is hidden behind the plaid curtains.  I wonder if the owner is an interior designer?  This room is very nicely done, as is the entire house.

 

 

 

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The balcony with charming railings.   Love this – I wish I had a balcony like this – who wouldn’t?? 

 

 

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The view looking over the valley and the main reason for the price tag.  Views like this don’t come cheap.  More checks – the chairs surround a firepit. 

 

 

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And more romance at night.  I’m not sure if this is an outdoors room or not.   I’m thinking it might be indoors.   I wish the pictures revealed more of the house than these do.   It’s hard to get a feel for how the backyard looks or what the layout of the house is!

 

 

HOUSE #4:

Exquistely Designed Cape Cod

The cheapest house at $3,250,000.   Pacific Palisades, 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4ooo sq. ft.   Front loading garage, again – a surprise for a house at this price.  But, this price doesn’t seem high for this area of California.  What would a house like this cost in your town, your neighborhood?   The roof is just a regular composite, the house is shingled.    In my neighborhood, I would think this house would go for about $800 or 900,000.  In a suburban neighborhood a little further out – it would probably be $500,000.  Certainly there is no place in Houston, except maybe on a large acre lot in Memorial, where this house would cost anywhere near this price!

 

 

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It is very cute – I love the romantic Cape Cod look of it with its bright white trim and brown shingles.    The walkway is nice too.  

 

 

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Inside the house is all bright white walls and dark hardwoods – as typical for most houses in California.    The centrally located staircase is the focal point of the house and is quite pretty.  I like all the dark wood furniture – a nice change from gray, gray, gray.  

 

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Another surprise for a house of this price is the shared fireplace!  But notice how charmingly the house is decorated for a young family.  I really like the red and white mixed with the blue and white striped curtains and bamboo blinds.  It’s all very warm and cozy, though a rug would be a good addition.   The chandelier is the perfect touch.  I just love this room!

 

 

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In the dining room- the blues are continued in here as are the same window treatments.  The chandelier is a nice foil to all the brown wood.

 

 

 

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The kitchen does seem in keeping with the price – nice appliances, white and black marble and granite.  Very attractive, bright and light.

 

 

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The family room is furnished for children – with blue jean denim slipcovers and leather chairs.  Functional for a young family who will probably dress it up a little more once their children are somewhat older.   The built in desk looks a little out of place to me and something you would find in a tract home rather than one this price.   But again, the real estate values in California are totally of out reality.  I think the only thing Ben and I could afford in L.A. would be a two bedroom condo!  Maybe!

 

 

 

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Large master bedroom, nicely furnished, but again – I would have put down a rug – it would greatly improve the look of the room.   I do like how she handled the window with the obligatory faux  palladium – ignore it!  Wouldn’t the large ceiling expanse look so much nicer if it were planked in white wood  or bead board?

 

 

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Here is an appropriate white marble bathroom for the house’s style.  The bathroom is lovely with the white subway and white carrara marble.   Exactly what you would expect in a Cape Cod ala California!

 

 

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The powder room is another youthful room – with bead board and a new overscaled paisley paper.

 

Exquistely Designed Cape CodThe back of the house – rather small,  with a pergola and a balcony that leads off the master bedroom.  The pool is childproofed.     

 

 

House #5

 

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This cute beach house is right on the sand, of course!   A shack really, but you are again paying for the land, which is awfully expensive.  Can you guess what price this might be?  It’s located in Santa Barbara – to the right is a creek which means no neighbors.  Plans call for a huge exclusive home to be built here if you wish.  The home has never been sold in its 100 years and the grandson of the original owner is selling it now.  Lucky man.   Currently it rents for $500. a night/3 bedrooms.  

 

 

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The creek with the tiny beach house with its red chimney is on the far right.

 

 

image The owners have done much with the 100 year old shack.  The ceiling has been raised to the rafters.  The fireplace retiled.  The furniture is all smartly slipped for ease of care.  To the right is an alcove which closes off with a curtain.

 

 

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imageThe kitchen could use a little updating – new appliances at least, but it does have a charm with the beadboard cabinets. 

 

 

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The second bedroom has three beds stuffed into it.  But still – with a small amount of money, this could be so darling.

 

 

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The huge master bedroom!    I think i would paint all the floors to match the walls.  I would love to update this house just a little bit. 

 

 

 

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The front deck overlooking the beach.   Somehow, despite its tiny size and need of some updating, I could be very happy here in the summer, that is if I could afford it!

 

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  So, you’ve just won the lottery.  Here’s you chance to buy your dream house.    Of course – we would all give away money to charity, family, friends, etc.  But imagine you still have $30 million left over to play with:

 

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Do you buy the historic 90 year old mansion in Montecito for $29 million and pocket the one million left over?

 

 

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Or do you go for the $7 million house down the road without the views or the acreage or the age?

 

 

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Do you buy the renovated $5 million  house in Los Angeles, with sweeping views of the ocean and the valley and the wonderful English decor?

 

 

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For just $3 million, this house in Pacific Palisades is new, with a small yard and no views at all.  You’d have more than enough change to buy another house WITH a view!!!  Or better to give the rest to your family so everyone could buy their own dream house.

 

 

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OR, do you buy the small, 100 year old beach cabin, for $7 MILLION!  Live there for awhile while your leftover 23 million gains interest,  then rebuild your dream house here.

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Or, do you do what we all probably would do – fix up our own  homes, give the rest to our children and family to do the same, and start some wonderful charity, like a free spay-neuter clinic in a poor neighborhood?